[ale] Can't connect to services with DSL connection
haswes at mindspring.com
Sat Jul 31 16:48:23 EDT 2004
I didn't mean to knock them for doing that. Just for not having it documented some
place. And I agree they are doing it in a lot better place than on the ISPs side.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org]On Behalf Of
> Jonathan Rickman
> Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 1:23 PM
> To: 'Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts'
> Subject: RE: [ale] Can't connect to services with DSL connection
> > Just another example of the ISP taking charge and making
> > defaults. And they are forgotten.
> > IMHO: Blocking the ports only slow down the spread to other
> > subnets. When Mindspring/Earthlink started blocking I could
> > still send mail to users in my same public WAN subnet. That
> > is all a worm needs when you have a dynamic IP. Can make for
> > some interesting browsing too.
> Tha Alltel Speedstream 5200 configuration blocks all incoming traffic except
> for GRE and only permits outbound HTTP, HTTPS, POP3, IMAP, and SMTP. Since
> this is performed at the end user's connection device, it accomplishes
> exactly what it was intended to do. While Trey is correct in saying that
> they should make it more well known that this is done, your criticism of
> their policy is misplaced. Here is an ISP who is doing the right thing, at
> the right place, and you are still critical. Had they done nothing at all,
> you would probably criticize them for that. They are not blocking traffic,
> they are simply sending out a device that is secure by default. You are
> still free to change it, as Trey has recently discovered. IMNSHO that is the
> way things should be done. But as long as people have opinions, I suppose it
> will just be a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.
> As far as I'm concerned, Alltel did it right.
> Trey, you can do a number of different things with the little Speedstream
> boxes. You should poke around in there a little. You'll find that you can
> tweak the settings to your heart's content.
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